Documentary Wedding Photography

Documentary wedding photography is all about capturing the moment, the spirit if you like, and certainly the magic of one of the most important days of your life. Documentary wedding photography goes beyond the formality of the event, although it captures that too, and it seeks out the true essence and flavours of the day. It is about people and moments, it is about expressions and feelings and  above it is captures the true story of the day. You certainly know it when you see it.

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Documentary wedding photography is my passion. As a full time wedding photographer it is a joy to spend the day as a guest at your wedding. I do not take over and I do not dominate but what I do is deliver timeless photographs of the happy couple and their loved ones that is refreshingly different to that of the traditional wedding photographer. I believe that my unique style of documentary wedding photography tells a story through pictures – a story that will make you smile, make you laugh – and even make you cry, for all the right reasons.

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I offer a full day wedding shoot lasting at least 8 hours but I will happily tailor times to suit your day if you have something different in mind. Most couples prefer me to capture the story of the entire day capturing all the key moments, from the preparations through to the ceremony, reception and party – but really it’s up to you. I will work to your brief or you can just leave me to do what I do best.

Documentary wedding photography is all about capturing the story of your day and so you will get to see a minimum of 450 images from a full day’s shoot. Your images will be delivered to you in a stunning wedding DVD slideshow movie, accompanied by music and audio excerpts from the speeches which are recorded on the day. It’s a fabulous way to see your photographs for the very first time – allowing you both to re-live those wonderful but all to fleeting moments of that special. Of course, much of what I record you will have never seen before now as the ‘duties’ of being the married couple often mean you are simply not there when the photographs are taken. I promise you it will be an exciting and emotional experience.

Documentary wedding photographyI will also supply your images as high resolution computer files on your very own memory stick. This means you will be able to organise any reprints at any time without paying high premiums. Every photograph is individually adjusted and treated in post production by myself to guarantee the finest images possible.

You will also have your own web gallery to view on line and guests are also able to purchase prints directly through a password protected online ordering service. Each wedding has its own unique online code to access the wedding gallery.

After you have received your photograph collection, you can choose from a variety of beautiful leather or cotton covered albums, hardback books, canvases, frames and prints. Bespoke ‘Thank You’ cards can also be supplied using one of your favourite images from the day. You can see more information on these products here.


I am based in Bath & London, but regularly travel throughout the UK and internationally providing documentary wedding photography for those clients who are looking for something really special and truly unique.

Joe Short – Documentary wedding photography specialist can be contacted on 01225 482388 or 07880 543388.